History of Electronic Music 2 By Tgill4 Jan 1, 1897 Telharmonium Thaddeeus Cahill first patents his Telharmonium. Period: Jan 1, 1897 to Aug 22, 2005 History Of Electronic Music 2 Timespan Sep 4, 1920 The Theremin Leon Thermin invents an electronic instrument that was unique because you didn't touch it to play it, unlike all other traditional instruments. Jun 16, 1928 Ondes Martenot Maurice Martenot debutes the instrument that he invented in Paris, France. The Ondes Martenot was similar to the Theremin in sound and technology, however not similar in the way it was played. May 9, 1929 Hammond Organ Laurens Hammond creates a new electronic instrument that uses the same processes as the Telharmonium, but uses vacuum tubes to allow the instrument to be more practical in size. Mar 2, 1941 Les Paul Les Paul invented the first solid body electric guitar. Jan 8, 1951 Heavenly Menagerie Louis and Bebe Baron composed Heavenly Menagerie and it was the first electronic music for magnetic tape ever written in the United States. Sep 9, 1956 Computer Composition The first song ever composed just for the computer was written. It was called the Illiac Suite for String Quartet. Dec 7, 1957 Bell Labs Max Mathews was the fist person to synthesize music on a computer. This marked the beginning of computer music in America. Jan 1, 1958 Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center Recently renamed the Computer Music Center, it was the first electronic music studio that was established in the United States. Feb 1, 1958 RCA Mark II Herbert Belar and Harry Olson designed the first programmable electronic music synthesizer. It was 20 feet wide and weighed 3 tons. Feb 24, 1958 Electronic Music Studio The first electronic music studio in the United States was establised. It was called the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. Jun 25, 1961 Singing Computer Max Mathews was the first to program a computer to sing actual words through research he had done on speech patterns. Jun 11, 1964 Moog Synthesizer Robert Moog introduced the first commercially available synthesizer. It was very popularly used in the modern music of the 1960s and 70s. Jan 1, 1983 MIDI Meaning Musical Instrument Digital Interface, this is what companies like Yamaha and Roland decided would be an easier way of helping electronic music devices communicate with eachother. Aug 22, 2005 Laptop Orchestra Dan Trueman and Perry Cook founded the first Laptop Orchestra at Princeton Univeristy.